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At the start of 2016 Makita brought out a range of new 10.8V tools and updated the batteries to make them more responsive to your needs. This resulted in slide inserted batteries so tools stay upright ready to use and now feature LED fuel gauges for a clearer indication of the remaining power. Intelligent features also included battery circuit protection against overloading and deep discharging as well as multi point battery contacts so even in tough, vibrating conditions you have a constant supply of power.
Makita has now added to this 10.8V offering, with tools that are designed to get the most out of the new platform. Here we take a detailed first look at what’s changed with the new 10.8V tools as well as useful additions to the 18V family and there’s even a practical solution to help get your gear moving.View all the new tools from Makita
With an overall length of 124mm this is one of the most compact drill drivers in its class. The DF032D may be small with a low weight of 1kg but there’s still plenty of driving power as it delivers 35Nm of torque. The small dimensions make it ideal for working in confined spaces and it’s fitted with a LED job light which is perfect when light is often restricted in small spaces.
Also worth looking at is the DF332D, with a different chuck capacity it also features a more efficient brushless motor, electric brake and 20 torque settings giving you even more control for setting the perfect screw depth.
The joy of using 10.8V combis is the size and weight; they offer excellent control while still providing considerable power for their size. With a new brushless motor the HP332D now has more torque allowing you to drill to greater capacities in wood, with a new 28mm capacity.
Excellent power for its size. Lightweight at only 1.9kg this is a great jigsaw for when you want to reduce user fatigue, have more control but still have the power available to cut wood up to 65mm.
Makita has developed two new reciprocating saws with extra capacity, cutting 255mm in wood and 130mm in pipe. The DJR187 has a few extras as it’s fitted with a brushless motor so you get more cuts per battery charge. The stroke length is also longer, reaching out to 32mm so you get a faster cut while using more of the saw blade so it lasts longer.